"I remember you had to go through the Indian Room to get to the auditorium"
Children Viewing Indian Canoe
Public DomainChildren Viewing Indian Canoe - Credit: American Museum of Natural History

Holden describes the Great Canoe in the Indian room, which had 17 life-size figures of Native Americans, including a "witch doctor" at the rear of the canoe.  

The canoe has since been refurbished, and hangs in the 77th Street lobby.  The figures have been moved to storage.